August 31, 2016

On Complexity in Big Data

In February of this year, I published the article, Is my developer team ready for big data?, with a figure representing the subjective complexity of mobile, cloud, big data, and NoSQL technologies...

My editor for that article, Marie Beaugureau, pushed back on the figure—and rightly so. What’s the scale we’re using here? What makes big data and NoSQL more complex than cloud or mobile?

I attribute the complexity of big data to two primary reasons. The first being that you need to know 10 to 30 different technologies, just to create a big data solution. The second reason is that distributed systems are just plain hard.

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